Saturday, August 6, 2011

NATO bombs camel weapons caravan, killing hundreds of camels

A Libyan rebel commander said Saturday that his forces have unconfirmed reports that NATO struck and destroyed a caravan of camels carrying weapons from neighboring Chad.

Abdullah Aitha, who commands rebels fighting in the southeastern Kufra region, said the caravan was made up of hundreds of camels and carried heavy caliber machine guns, mortars and ammunition.

He said the air strike came on Friday evening in a desert 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Chad border while the caravan was headed for the city of Sebha, 400 miles (650 kilometers) south of the capital Tripoli. Sebha is a key Gadhafi stronghold deep in the country's southwestern deserts where much of the Libyan leader's loyal troops hail from.

"The camels are totally burned and the weapons are all destroyed," he told The Associated Press.

NATO could not be immediately reached for comment. (more)